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, the volunteers, the supporters. and behind them, a whole city, an entire country, the uk nations united behind one goal. what a contrast from a year ago when england's cities burned in a week of riots. when the images beamed to the world were not of athletes running for the finishing line, but the mob, running at police lines. when the flames climbed, not from the olympic torch in east london, but a furniture shop in south london. a 140 year-old family-run business, which had survived two world wars and countless recessions, razed to the ground. of course, even then, amid the smoke and embers, we saw our country's true character when residents came out onto the streets to clear up the mess. and we saw it again this summer when the reeves furniture shop in croydon re-opened in new premises, the walls decked with photos of young people holding up messages of hope. and who put those pictures up? young volunteers from croydon and an 81 year-old man called maurice reeves, who, like three generations before him, ran the shop before handing it over to his son. maurice, your example should inspire a g
, an entire country -- the u.k. nations, united behind one goal. what a contrast from a year ago. when england's cities burned in a week of riots and the images were not of athletes running to the finish line, but the mob running at police lines. when the flames climbed not from the olympic torch but a furniture shop in soutland. a 140-year-old business that survived two world wars, razed to the ground. even then -- we saw our country's trouue character when residents came out on the streets to clear up the mess. and this summer, when the reeves furniture shop -- decked with photos of young people with messages of hope. and who put those pictures up? young volunteers and an 81-year- old man named morris reeves, who ran the shop before handing it over to his son. morris, your example should inspire a generation. [applause] >> to think -- [applause] >> what morris has shown is that paralympians reminded us that success doesn't come easy or quick. or a culture of recent celebrity obscures -- real achievement takes time, effort, perserverence, and resillience. a victim of a roadside bomb in afghan
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